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Car accident numbers increasing, phone use may be to blame

In West Virginia and elsewhere, distraction is a major problems on the roads and highways. The introduction of the smartphone to American culture has led to an increase in distracted drivers which, in turn, has caused an increase in the number of traffic fatalities. Despite laws and safety measures enacted by lawmakers and vehicle manufacturers, car accident fatalities continue to rise.

In the first half of 2015, the number of deaths related to car accidents across the country increased by 8.1 percent. This may indicate that smartphone use could be to blame, but experts also note that other factors could play a role in the startling increase of these numbers. Cheaper gas prices across the country may have encouraged more drivers to drive for leisure, which would also account for an increase in the number of accidents.

There are a number reasons why smartphones could be related to the increase in fatal accidents. Texting and driving is a major problem, causing drivers to take their eyes off the road. Making calls, using the GPS applications and even checking Facebook can have deadly consequences when it is done while in control of a vehicle. 

Those in West Virginia who have suffered pain and injury due to a distracted driver have the option to seek compensation for damages. Distracted drivers can be held accountable for their negligence, but it is important to work with a legal team experienced in these types of cases. Distracted driving may be a common problem, but that does not mean that victims -- including the families of deceased victims -- have to face the difficult and often financially devastating consequences of a car accident alone. 

Source: New York Post, "More US drivers may be dying because of smartphones", Nov. 25, 2015

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